President Trump has canceled the Philadelphia Eagles’ visit to the White House in celebration of their Super Bowl victory because not all players planned to attend. They decided to make a political statement out of the honor of being asked to visit the White House so Trump pulled the plug…
In a statement released Monday evening by the Office of the Press Secretary, Trump said that the Eagles “are unable to come to the White House with their full team”:
Trump has just issued this statement about the Philadelphia Eagles' visit tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/ERm042RzwS
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 4, 2018
NBC Philadelphia reports:
Less than 24 hours before the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit the White House, President Donald Trump rescinded their invitation, citing national anthem protests and boycotts from some team members.
“The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”
Trump said Eagles fans are invited to the White House “to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”
After the Eagles victory in Super Bowl 52, several players said they would skip the visit. Safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Long all said they did not plan to attend.
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The event has been renamed and remains on President Trump’s schedule – the team is not invited…
Here’s Trump’s public schedule for tomorrow. (Public schedules don’t include all of a president’s activities.) The Eagles ceremony has been renamed “the Celebration of America.” pic.twitter.com/ho2aidObSQ
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 5, 2018